Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things that hang on our walls:

1. This hangs in our living room:

2. This family portrait from summer 2007 hangs in our living room too:

3. This hangs above our bed:

4. This hangs in our master suite; my SMIL made it for us as a wedding present:

5. This is a big brother, little sister collage:

6. LittleMan made me this at daycare when he was 2 years old:

7. I bought this not long after LittleMan was born:

8. My Granny made this for me when I was a little girl, now it hangs in Princess' room:

9. I made this to hold Princess' hairbows:

10. This is a picture of my Daddy. One of these pictures hang above both of my kid's beds:

11. LittleMan's first year of T-Ball:

12. This clock was my great uncle's, until he died. It doesn't work, but it will hang:

13. And this is a picture of my parents not long after they found out they were expecting me!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yummy Chicken Casserole

I am the pickiest eater in the world that I know of, and I know some picky people.
My kids are pretty picky too, although they eat some things I wouldn't touch ... some things I can't even bring myself to cook for them. {That's what Daddy & the Grandparents are for!}

[I don't eat fish, any seafood, or deer. And not too many fruits or vegetables either, yes I know what you're thinking]

So, I thought I would share this recipe, that the whole family not only enjoys, but devours and we never have any left. I can't remember where I found this recipe, or I would give due credit.

Yummy Chicken Casserole
1 pound chicken, cubed & boiled until done
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
1 can of crescent rolls
garlic salt
  • Take the cooked chicken and toss with salts & pepper to season. Open crescent rolls and separate.
  • Add some chicken to a crescent roll and roll it up. Laying it in a greased rectangular baking dish, seam side down.
  • Repeat with all other crescent rolls.
  • After you have all the rolls down, take your cream of chicken soup, add the milk and mix. Pour over the top of the chicken crescent rolls.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

King of Hearts

LittleMan came home yesterday with a permission slip to participate in the King/Queen of Hearts.
It is to raise money for the school. There will be one King and one Queen per grade level. All others who raise at least $25 will be the Prince/Princess of Hearts and gets a trophy.

One King per grade level, which means LittleMan has approximately a 1 in 130 chance of winning. You are to ask family & friends for donations. So ..... Basically whoever turns in the most money wins. They cannot do a bake sale anymore because of the Child Nutrition Act. So, of course, it's laid pretty much on the parents, at LittleMan's age.

Normally I wouldn't even think about it, but for some reason LittleMan is interested. He used the word, "Awesome!" [which he of course picked up from me =) ].

Keep your fingers crossed for him, He may be the next Kindergarten King of Hearts!

Wordless Wednesday ~ Funny Pic

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Look & Tuesday Blues

I've been trying to find a look for my blog that I love don't hate like enough to stick with for a while.
We'll see how long this one lasts!

Well I've been sick for the past 3 days. Nothing serious, but definitely feeling like I wish I'd stayed in bed under the weather. And to make things better (ha!) I've babysat the past two days. A baby that is sick himself.

He has been unbelievably fussy today and I am sooooo ready to go hide from everyone back to bed! And I still have almost 2 hours left of watching him.

He is finally sleeping, after feeding him every hour for half the day. I don't know where he fit all that milk!

Anyway, he gave me enough time to freshen up the blog & that's more than I expected today!

Grumpy Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, January 28, 2008


Have you ever bribed your kids?

As you must know by now, I love to shop at thrift stores. I usually do it on Thursdays or Fridays, whenever Hubby is at work/busy and LittleMan is at school.

Princess gets tired, I suppose, because she is always asking to go home. So, how do I get her to keep the peace until I'm done shopping? A new {used} purse of her choice [as long as it only costs 99 cents =D ] if she'll let me shop til I drop.


It works.

I've been High Five'd

High-five I got from Andrea
It's an Archive meme Hoopla
Here are the rules:
Go back through your archives and post the links to your five favorite blog posts that you have written. But there is a catch:
Link 1 must be about family.
Link 2 must be about friends.
Link 3 must be about yourself.
Link 4 must be about something you love.
Link 5 can be anything you choose.
Post your five links and then tag five other people. At least TWO of the people you tag must be newer acquaintances so that you get to know each other better. Readers - don’t forget to read the archive posts and leave comments!

{Ok, since I'm fairly new to blogging, this is gonna be a bit harder, and I probably haven't wrote enough to cover all these categories, but I'm gonna try my best!}

About Family: This post has pictures of my babies this past Christmas holiday. It made me realize I need to blog about them more, rather than just taking pictures ... but I'm learning =)

About Friends: Sadly, this is about the best I can do on the friends category

About Myself: Here is 13 of my favorites

Something I Love: I'm gonna suppose that you can't use people here, and leave you this post about music.

Anything I Choose: This is awesome!

And now I am going to high-five: Dixie Chick, Random Mommy, Yankee Belle, Blue Momma, and MamaGeek,

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Princess is feeling lots better. She threw a fit to eat. She asked for chick-chick. That's either chicken biscuit from Jack's, or chicken nuggets from Wendy's/McDonald's. Since it was 9am, she got the biscuit. And she ate most of the chicken part.
I know now to keep her away from spicy foods. I will keep extras of her favorite foods for when I cook spicy stuff from now on. The kid could live on chicken nuggets & hot dogs. =)

I took a quiz:

Calling All Mommies

It's 6:15 A.M. and I've been up with Princess for almost an hour, throwing up again. I think I was wrong about her having a stomach virus [it's been less than a week since the last time].... I started putting everything together and visited with WedMD and I think it is Indigestion/Heartburn/Reflux.

I hadn't thought about this in forever but ... Once, when she was a year old, we ended up in the ER because of her terrible stomach pains. I mean she was screaming as loud as I've ever heard her scream, she was rolled up in a ball & her tummy was hard as a rock. They gave her some medicine to mix with Mylanta. She has severe indigestion, because someone had let her try some deer sausage.

Now, sitting here this morning, I remembered that one episode of "stomach virus" or so we thought, the night before she had eaten meatballs in spaghetti sauce. Last weekend when she was up sick, she had eaten some jalapeno cheese dip & chips, and last night we had pizza.

I think I made her sick! Do you know how terrible I feel right now?!?

So I need your help.

Any Moms out there that has any experience with this, please email me and let me know anything & everything you can think of!

I can read the internet all day long, but you know other people with experiences helps so much more!

I have severe GERD, [I was diagnosed with it one week after my congestive heart failure], and I know it hurts, [I thought I was having heart trouble] but vomiting was never a symptom with me. Does that mean hers is more severe than mine?

Please Please Any help you can give I would greatly appreciate it!!

My email address is

Thanks Mommies.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The week that changed my life forever

February 19. In less than a month will be my Dad's birthday [who has passed away]. With it being so close, I feel I need to share a piece of my past. I don't believe that I have finished dealing with his death yet, so maybe this will help ... to get it down, seems so ... I don't know, real? final? something.

My husband's cell phone woke me up on the morning of August 10, 2005 around 4am. I was very pregnant, due in just days, so the interruption in sleep was annoying. Andy answered it and long story short, we found out my Dad had been hit the night before in a hit & run accident and died. Most of my family lives about 200 miles away, so there was no visiting with my Mom, who took it the worst, of course; and I knew there would be no way I could travel to be at his funeral. I never had a chance to say good bye.

There is a lot about that day I don't remember, mainly because I think I just thought a lot. I know that I had awesome support from my family [both mine & Hubby's side] We had a houseful all day. And someone was constantly calling us.
I still remember not being able to show emotion in front of anyone. I don't know why, but it was a weird feeling. I was able to let little pieces out with Andy, but not much more.

Andy took me to the hospital maternity ward that night. Just to check and make sure Baby Princess wasn't stressed. Thankfully, she was fine. The next day I had a routine OB visit. My Dr. decided with the circumstances and my due date, it would be best if I was admitted that night.

I didn't sleep that night at the hospital. I was already having light sporadic contractions, but that wasn't it. Every time I closed my eyes, I seen Daddy there. I wasn't ready to face him. I think maybe I was mad at him. I had just talked to him on the phone that morning that he died and he told me, he would be here for me, when I brought his first grand-daughter into the world.

Let's speed things up .... the next morning they induced me and at 343pm on August 12th 2005, there was my Princess. Only 13 minutes of pushing. Beautiful, Healthy, with long toes! The nurses commented about this future little ballerina.

By that night, I wasn't feeling right and I knew it. My back hurt, my ribs & chest hurt, I was in a cold sweat .... the nurses told me it was gas and not to drink any more carbonated drinks. It didn't work, but I thought it might have something to do with the fact that my epidural had wore off 45 minutes before Princess was born.

After we got home from the hospital, there was an instance that I couldn't breathe right. I thought it was my milk coming in. Later that night, I was up feeding Princess. After I got her back down, I couldn't lay down. It hurt so bad. A few hours pass and I am having to bend over to breathe. This new day that was beginning was August 17.

My Mom & Granny were still at my house, helping me adjust to having 2 kids and just being there for me because of my Dad. So my Granny rushes me to the ER. Everyone panics and thinks I'm in labor [that is to show that I have not lost 1 pound since giving birth almost 5 days ago]

Another long story short and countless wrong conclusions, I was in Congestive Heart Failure. They injected me with Lasix and within a couple hours, they had almost 6 liters of fluid that had been inside my body. I had been drowning from the inside.

The condition that caused this is called Dilated Cardiomyopathy. And the cause? Being pregnant didn't agree with my body. They said it started with my first, LittleMan, but being pregnant a second time was too much for my heart.

In 2 days time, I went from weighing 163 pounds to weighing 138 pounds.

I was put on 5 meds, 2 just for my heart. And a low-sodium & low-fluid diet. That diet alone made my life hell for the following few months. [By the end of 7 weeks, I was down to 127 pounds] But then the news that ... if I ever got pregnant again, I wouldn't live to deliver the baby.

After that lots of things happen, my body changed, I had tubal ligation surgery, I went though panic attacks & depression. But most of all, I thrived. I lived. I grew.

That was over 2 years ago. And it still feels like yesterday. I'm still on the meds, but I took myself off the diet once my Ejection Fraction had went back as close to normal as it could get. I still watch my weight though, just to make sure I'm not holding too much fluid.

My Dad would have been turning 47 year old this year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kid Names & Myspace Crap

(Editted to take names back out. Hubby freaked when he found out I shared. Sorry!)

When I first started blogging, I was unsure of if I wanted to share the names of my kids on here or not. Some of the blogs I read do share, some do not. I have been blogging for about 2 months, and I feel it's okay to share now ...
So introducing ......

My son LittleMan:

and my daughter Princess:

On a different note.
Myspace has become too much!

I had deleted my profile after having someone start some crap with me/my hubby.

I decided to go ahead and start a new one because it's the main way I stay in contact with my 3 sisters (who live in CA) and 1 of my sister-in-laws who lives in FL. Needless to say, we don't see each other often, so Myspace can be great for that.

Well I didn't add all my old contacts because at first I wasn't planning on using the same as I did before. I didn't add my school or my town I lived in so that "that girl" wouldn't find me.

After a while, I slowly started adding friends and friends started requesting me again. Well, then yesterday I get an email from one of my friends (who is 20 years old, by the way), who I haven't seen much at all in the past year and I don't talk to much. Of course she supposed that I was mad at her, etc etc etc.

Now telling her I wasn't mad, just wasn't enough. Why? Because I didn't request her friendship months ago & something about some headline I had on there once. For people that are totally wrapped up in Myspace, I can understand why she might think that, but come on. I'm not gonna lie about something like that.

If you're not on someone's top list, you MUST be mad at them. If you don't forward their chain letters, you MUST be mad at them. If you don't make other people your priority, you MUST be mad at them.

I just have to say that I am a 27 year old WOMAN and Myspace WAS so fun .... in the beginning. Now? It's just a means of conversation.

If your not on my top friend list, or even on my friend list at all, does that mean I secretly despise you and never want to talk to you? NO that's just silly.

WHY does everyone make Myspace/Facebook/whatever out to be this big deal? This is probably why it isn't fun anymore.

So just to clarify ... I am not mad at anyone other than TOM. Why did he have to go and start some online community that was gonna make people question their ideas of what it means to be a good friend, or even good human being? I, for one, do not care about Top Friends. I have my beautiful kids & my sexy hubby and the rest of my family, telling me that I'm their number one, what more do I need? NOTHING.

So if you want to add me as a friend on this SUPER IMPORTANT MYSPACE, then click here. And leave the drama at home =)
{{Just make sure you email me first and tell me who you are, otherwise I might think you are some stalker person, lol.}}

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

100 Things (Part 2)

26. I love the idea of being organized, but can never stay that way.

27. I have an addiction to Meat Lover's Pizza from Papa John's Pizza

28. I love going to thrift stores & yard sales

29. Pink is my favorite color

30. I don't eat deer, fish or any other seafood.

31. I love to swim. In a pool only. I'm weird about lakes & the ocean.

32. I am starting a binder with my favorite recipes in it.

33. I am German, and 2 different types of Indian, but I am mostly Italian. Which explains my big nose, my hot head and my great love of food. =)

34. I love Butter Cream scented candles!

35. I like to play scrabble.

36. I used to work at Dairy Queen.

37. I am terrible at hitting in softball. But I'm pretty good at catching. =)

38. I like musicals (like Sound of Music), but I didn't like the new Hairspray movie.

39. I have hazel eyes, that change slightly depending on what color I am wearing.

40. My favorite flowers are calla lillies.

41. I am jealous of my husband's freedom... he comes & goes as he wishes, without having to worry about the kids.

42. I have moved houses more times in my life than I can even count.

43. I have low patience, most of the time.

44. I'm really good at math.

45. I would LOVE to remodel my kitchen.

46. I am a big procrastinator.

47. I used to write poetry.

48. I miss Super Nintendo. My mom still has one. I tried to get her to give it to me. No luck.

49. I hate to exercize, but need to start.

50. Before I had kids, I was a wonderful 104 pounds. That was a LONG time ago.

Tagged by Random Mommy

Why do you blog? Well, there are a few different reasons, but I guess the main reason is so I have something to do that is Mine. You know, I clean all day, I cook, I do home volunteer stuff for Little Man's kindergarten, I do all this stuff for others. I blog because I enjoy it and it's MINE.

What was the first blog you ever read? The Incoherent Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mom

What was the first blog that had you hooked? Catwoman, I got sucked in!

Which blogger friend would you most like to meet in real person? Dixie Chick, even though she would probably make me watch American Idol with her, lol

Which blog do you admire the most, why? Random Mommy, she tells it like it is.

How different are you in real life than in your blog? I'm alot more boring than I put on

How many blogs do you keep up with on a daily basis? Around 20, more on a weekly basis

Link to your 123rd post. Or your 3rd, if you don't have 123. Here is my 3rd, boy was I in a crabby mood that day! And it, OF COURSE, has happen countless times since then.

My camera decided to cooperate finally ....

I've been trying to upload pictures all year {lol}
[I had the usb cable in the wrong port]

Little Man had a birthday on January 2nd; we never did have him a birthday party last weekend, due to SNOW, but here's a picture of Little Man with the birthday cake I made him:

Yes I used Smarties candy to write his name!

Now for some pictures of our grand snowfall this past weekend:
We live at the bottom of Cheaha Mountain, which is the highest point in Alabama.
So, this is our ride up the moutain:

This is me & Little Man at the top of the mt.

I took this picture on our way to our cabin, which is on a different mountain:

Here's the kids at the cabin (it was Kenzie's first time to see snow!):

It's called the Bus Stop & Rib Shack because it is an old school bus with a cabin built into it:

The View up there & the Creek:

Well that was our Snow Day!

[[As you know, Princess was sick yesterday. So, I wanted to add that she is fine today and back to her normal princess state!!]]

Until next time ......

Monday, January 21, 2008

Princess is sick

She has that stinkin' stomach virus that Little Man had a couple weeks back.

She's been up almost every hour on the hour since 2am this morning.

I don't know how she got it unless it happen at Wally World.

My poor baby =(

Please keep her in your prayers!


Friday, January 18, 2008

Looking forward to SNOW

We're suppose to get 3-6 inches tonight / in the morning.

Little Man is already planning on a snowball fight with Daddy.

Princess probably won't know what to think about it.

It's been too long since we've had a good Snow!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sharing my [our] Yumminess News

Little Man got his 2nd 9 weeks report card today. [He was suppose to get it last Thursday, but had the stomach virus].
Anyway, they rate on a 1, 2 & 3 scale. 1 meaning above grade level, 2 meaning at grade level and 3 meaning under grade level.
He had all 1s & 2s.
Our rule [which was actually started by my SIL for her daughter] is that: a good report card means Little Man gets to pick a place for us to go out to eat. So tonight, we went out to eat at Outback Steakhouse.


Plus .. Outback leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

WOOHOO . lol

Friday, January 11, 2008

A little Update

I thought I'd update everyone. Since my last blog, I started babysitting (app. 3 days a week) my cousin's 2 month old baby "Baby Boy" I watched him M, T & W. No time to blog those days, cuz he isn't picked up until 6pm.

Wednesday afternoon, Little Man comes home from school with a tummy ache. I go through his backpack like usual, and find a note from his teacher. 4 children checked out today with .... the stomach virus. Of course Little Man, not wanting to be left out (lol), came down with it about an hour later. I felt so bad for him! Poor little guy was so sick! So I didn't sleep hardly at all Wednesday night, rushing to his side everytime he got sick. So, he was out of school yesterday. And he still wasn't eating as of last night, so I made the decision to keep him out today too.

Well.... he is better today. {Thank God of course!} But doesn't understand why I won't let him outside to ride his bike, or go horse riding with his Daddy. He actually told me that he was mad at me because I wouldn't let him do anything. =( Ah, the joys of Motherhood.

Tonight my MIL will be coming with her bunch to stay for the weekend. So blogging will be out of the question until at least Sunday evening, if then. But I will get to go to the Thrift store. We always go when she visits. I LOVE me some thift store shopping! Yep that's right!

Plus my MIL seems to LOVE to clean {lol} [or at least it seems that way] so I don't have to clean up after everyone by myself. That's a big Plus +++++

So not much else to blog about, except I found boxes full of horse magazines from the 80's in my attic [from previous owner] which I plan to sell on ebay, if I ever get my courage up to do so. I'm so afraid that I'm gonna get screwed some how. Lose money or come in contact with some weird/stalker person. Keep your fingers crossed for me, k?

Little Man's 6th birthday was on the 2nd and I'm thinking about giving him a small party on the 19th. Some of the family has already given him money, but I think he deserves a party this year. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas, we didn't give him a party last year. But I feel like he shouldn't miss out just because his birthday falls on the day it does...

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I've been bad

I know! I'm really behind on my blogging!
After Christmas, that Friday we left for Louisiana to visit with my hubby's brother's family. We were there until New Years Day.
It took a couple days for us to get back in the swing of things and have some clean clothes too!
Then my uncle came to visit on the 2nd {WHICH IS MY LITTLE MAN'S BIRTHDAY, BTW!!! HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY LITTLE MAN!} and he is still here visiting until tonight.
So even though the holidays are over, we are still pretty busy!
I promise to get back in the swing of things ASAP!!!
Hope everyone had a terrific New Years!!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

Pillsbury pizza crust
cooked peppered gravy
scrambled eggs
cooked bacon
cooked sausage
mozzarella cheese

After cooking gravy, eggs, bacon and sausage all separately, unroll pizza crust on large baking sheet.
gravy, eggs, sausage bacon, then cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 17 minutes.